Scientists at the California Institute of Technology are studying how brain can quickly adapt to use one sense instead of another.
The researchers will use this knowledge to translate into a new technology that allows blind people to see with their ears.
Basically, the investigators are encoding the visual scene captured by a camera on a user's glasses into an audio representation that utilizes stereo, loudness, and various frequencies to intuitively detail what things look like.
‘The Caltecháscientists captures a visual scene with a camera on a userĺs glasses and encodes the visual into an audio representation that utilizes stereo, loudness, and various frequencies to intuitively detail what things look like.’
As of now the technology is being applied to detail simple patterns, but that is to build a foundation for a more complicated system.
Previous studies have shown that the blind people hear notes more precisely than people with normal vision. A recent study showed that the blind really do hear notes more precisely but only if they became blind when they were very young.